The inspection of night clubs has always been part of the Fire Services and we need to do this properly to save lives and to implement the law.
Due the workload and in an attempt to balance social and work life I once went to a night club in town and I found it to be clean and all in order, but the fire standards according to the act was not being adhered to properly, placing many lives in danger. Legislation have changed, with government focused on poverty and job creation, but we as fire institute should still be implementing these standards and uphold the name of the EMS industry. Nightclubs is a big problem as it is a crowded building with little or no precautions in place should a fire break out, stampedes and deaths due to this is nothing new, which is why we should put our focus on this.
Early warning devices should be installed in clubs that can get people moving quickly, many a disaster was made worse by lack of intercom or proper communication system. Buildings in general should adhere to regulations and incidents like Tongaat is very upsetting and we shouldn’t be compromising on safety. When a hotel that caught fire recently it came out that it never met the fire standards but it was still being used irrespective of the concerns that were raised by fire service. This should be dealt with properly and not swept under the rug for the safety of the citizens of our country.